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Old 07-27-2015, 10:41 PM
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I picked up two original 1980's arcade game marquees a while back for cheap, I think $10 each. They're printed directly on plexiglass. Condition... ok. Not perfect by any stretch. Lots of scratches, some of the print missing in spots, etc.

There were lots to choose from, I picked two games I like and have loaded on the MAME cabinet. Robotron: 2084 and Track and Field



The Robotron is actually already cleaned up a bit here. I had scraped off a couple stickers, some old yellow tape that had basically turned to glued paper, some dirt. Used a razor blade to get most of the crap off, then some windex.





Built a box for the Robotron first using scrap wood I had left over from another project. It's pretty shallow for a shadow box but I thought it would work well with the way I was planning on putting the LEDs on the sides, not directly behind the glass. I only glued the bottom and fixed the top part on with a couple screws that will be hidden once it is hung up. I wanted to be able to open it back up and get the marquee out later or repair lights if necessary without busting the box up.



Painted it, added lights



All done



(c) 1982



Will build one for the Track and Field next, then hang them near my MAME cab in the basement. Not sure if I will paint the other one black, might use white for it.
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That is seriously awesome
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good stuff! Nice Kaitlyn Jenner track one too.

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well done RC - those look great!!!
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Thanks chris. Box for the T&F is done and painted, just haven't wired up the lights yet.
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Finished the f-ing shine box.





They light up automatically when the arcade is turned on.



I'm going to keep my eyes out for other marquees for games I liked.
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This thing isn't original stock but I'm tempted...

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